In Italy, divers ring the bell for 2022 to mark the traditional plunge into the glacial Tiber

As part of the traditional dive to welcome the New Year 2022, four divers risked their lives and jumped into Rome’s Tiber on Saturday. Hundreds of spectators gathered in Rome to watch the men jump from the bridge into the Tiber, reported NHK WORLD – Japan. This year, the traditional diving event took place amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Divers express wish for pandemic to end before diving into icy Tiber

Divers greeted 2022 with a traditional dive in Rome’s icy Tiber, however, they expressed their hopes as they headed for a new year ahead of the event. A 68-year-old man who attended the event for the 34th consecutive year shared his New Year’s wish, where he mentioned that he wanted the pandemic to end, so that life would return to normal, reported NHK WORLD – Japan. He expressed hope that people would finally be able to hug and kiss their loved ones soon. The diving event is a New Years tradition that dates back to 1946, according to PA. In 1946, a lifeguard who was unemployed and trying to find work as a stuntman jumped into the waters of the Cavour Bridge to show off his skills. Since then, it has grown into an annual event, where people gather to watch the men jump from the bridge into the river.

Situation of COVID-19 in Italy

According to Worldometer, as of January 2, 2022, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy was 6,266,939. The number of people who have died from COVID-19 is 137,513 and 5,107,729 people have recovered from the disease. virus. According to Italian Ministry of Health, 88.99% of the population over the age of 12 has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 85.87% of the population over the age of 12 has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Italian Ministry of Health, 8.59% of children aged 5 to 11 received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

With AP inputs

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